• Three hundred thirty-nine migrant worker women and children were screened by single stool examination for intestinal parasites. Infection occurred in 34.2%. Giardia lamblia and Trichuris trichiura were the most common pathogens; Entamoeba coli and Endolimax nana were the most common commensals. Infants under 1 year of age were free of infection. Children between 2 and 5 years old and women between 25 and 35 years old had the highest prevalence. Significantly more Haitians were infected than Mexican-Americans or American blacks. Of ten symptoms, only abdominal pain and gas correlated significantly with infection. This migrant population has a greater prevalence of intestinal parasites than the general American public. Screening by stool examination may be beneficial to diminish the reservoir of infection.
(Arch Intern Med 1986;146:513-515)
Ungar BLP, Iscoe E, Cutler J, Bartlett JG. Intestinal Parasites in a Migrant Farmworker Population. Arch Intern Med. 1986;146(3):513–515. doi:10.1001/archinte.1986.00360150127015
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